October 20, 2014

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National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award Finalists

And we have finalists! With yesterday’s announcement of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category it’s really starting to feel like awards season. Last month, Karyn wrote about the longlist, observing that social conscience seemed to be a common thread among the nominees. Now that we’re down to five titles, her [...]

Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go


In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

Introducing the all new “Walking and Talking” series by Steve Sheinkin! I’m always on the lookout for folks I consider double threats.  In the children’s and YA book biz that translates to mean people who can both write and draw.  Take someone like Kadir Nelson, for example.  One day he’s doing his spectacular art, merry [...]

Cybil Awards Honor Palacio, Sheinkin, Hartman


Though the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz awards have all been announced, the excitement isn’t over yet! The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards have been revealed. Included among the winners are several previously recognized titles, such R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb, and Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.

Pyrite Redux: Recently Reviewed Nominees

Pyrite Redux: Recently Reviewed Nominees

We’ve been bringing the Pyrite* books back up for a second round of discussion, but a number of them were discussed so recently — and with their Pyrite nominations in mind — that it seems silly to post again about each one. However, we didn’t want anyone to forget what makes these books at the [...]

Whiskers, Dreams, and Grave-Robbing Schemes | More on Abraham Lincoln


From fabulous picture books to top-shelf literary nonfiction, 2013 brings a number of new titles about America’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.


Guest blogger Joy Piedmont is back (and I think we’ll be taking advantage of her at least once more before the season is done!), covering another major nonfiction title of 2012. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, Steve Sheinkin Flash Point, September 2012 Reviewed from final copy When I say, “World [...]

YALSA Reveals Five Nonfiction Award Finalists


The five finalists for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults were recently announced.

Pictures of the Week: National Coalition Against Censorship Award Gala; National Book Award Ceremony

Award-winning author Ellen Hopkins, left, was honored at NCAC's ceremony on Monday, November 12. Pictured also, Pat Scales, whose SLJ column "Scales on Censorship" tackles tough questions from teachers and librarians.

A variety of authors were celebrated this week at both the National Coalition Against Censorship Award Gala and the National Book Award Ceremony.

‘Goblin Secrets’ Joins a Select List of Fantasy Winners of the National Book Award


Debut author William Alexander, whose novel ‘Goblin Secrets’ is a middle-grade fantasy about a boy who joins a theatrical group of goblins, took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Wednesday, November 14.

Debut Author William Alexander Nabs 2012 National Book Award for Young People

William Alexander accepts the National Book Award for Goblin Secrets.

First time author William Alexander took home the National Book Award (NBA) for Young People last night for his book Goblin Secrets (S&S, 2012), about a boy who joins a theatrical group of goblins.

Review: Bomb

Bomb: The Race To Build – And Steal – The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing. 2012.
It’s About: One nice thing about non-fiction titles: they tell you up front what a book will be about. This is about the invention of [...]

SLJ Summit 2012: Nonfiction Authors Address the Common Core

Authors Deborah Hopkinson and Barbara Kerley display their books.

At the School Library Journal Summit held October 26-27, authors Deborah Hopkinson, Barbara Kerley, Steve Sheinkin, and Sally M. Walker came together to share their views on their work and how they can address Common Core principles as they conduct research for their books.

Steve Sheinkin Writes a Thriller


On the eve of WWII, a German chemist, Otto Hahn, discovered fission. The scientific and political ramifications of this discovery were not lost on the world’s top physicists, but it took time—and a letter from Albert Einstein—for U. S. political leaders and military to understand its significance. Once they did, the Manhattan Project was established, bringing scientists—including many recent arrivals from Europe—to Los Alamos, NM, to design a weapon capable of unleashing a force greater than the world had ever witnessed. Despite being shrouded in secrecy, news of the Manhattan Project spread. In ‘Bomb,’ Steve Sheinkin’s exciting new title, the author chronicles ‘The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.’